Acapulco opened its first location in Pasadena, California in 1960, and has numerous locations throughout California and Oregon. They serve a variety of California-styled Mexican dishes, including appetizers and small dishes, salads, soups, main dishes, drinks and desserts. Many of their dishes are served with high-calorie and high-fat ingredients, such as sour cream, guacamole and cheese, but the chain also offers lower calorie options if you're watching your waistline.
Salsa and Chips
According to My Fitness Pal, a serving of Acapulco's Homemade Salsa & Chips has 320 calories, zero grams of fat and protein, and 42 g of carbohydrates.
A 5-oz. serving of refried beans has 235 calories, 7 g of fat, 34 g of carbohydrates and 11 g of protein. A 5-oz. serving of Spanish rice has 170 calories, 3 g of fat, 26 g of carbohydrates and 3 g of protein.
Make a significant impact on the number of calories you consume by ordering smaller main dishes. For example, a chicken soft taco has only 220 calories. Also stay away from the side dishes to help lower your calorie intake. For example, the chicken fajitas have 565 calories, 25 g of fat, 25 g of carbohydrates and 60 g of protein, but when served with rice, beans and flour tortillas, the meal bumps up to 1,060 calories, 37 g of fat, 107 g of carbohydrates and 76 g of protein. A healthy and low-calorie meal is their Halibut Filet tacos with salsa tomatillo, which has 420 calories, 16 g of fat, 18 g of carbohydrates and 51 g of protein.
Reduce your overall portion size to limit your calorie and fat intake. If you decide to get side dishes with your meal, box up half of your meal to eat at a later time. Stay away from sour cream, which My Fitness Pal states adds 26 calories and 3 g of fat for every tablespoon serving, as well as guacamole, which has 25 calories and 2 g of fat in a tablespoon. Trade your side of beans and rice for the Acapulco sautéed vegetables, which have only 120 calories, no fat or protein, and 9 g of carbohydrates per serving.